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Pediatrician Staff


Scott W. Zucker, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Scott W. Zucker, M.D., FAAP, joined Dr. Namerow in 1984, after completing his Pediatric residency at Nassau County Medical Center. Dr. Zucker attended both College and Medical School at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The Zuckers live in Wayne and have five children: Jason, Robin, Risa, Philip and Michael. Dr. Zucker was Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1984. He, too, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is also a Preceptor in the New York Medical College Center for Primary Care Education and Research. Dr. Zucker is a past president of The Bergen County Medical Society. Dr. Zucker is the current Director of Pediatrics at Chilton Medical Center and Bergen Regional Medical Center.



Jeffrey M. Bienstock, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Jeffrey M. Bienstock, M.D., FAAP, joined the practice in 1988, after completing his pediatric residency at the Schneider Children's Hospital of Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. Dr. Bienstock previously attended college at Polytechnic Institute of New York and Medical School at Guadalajara, Mexico. His wife is a free-lance artist and designer. The Bienstocks live in Wyckoff with their three children: Troy, Howard and Annie. Dr. Bienstock was Board Certified in 1990 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Bienstock is the president of the Northern New Jersey Pediatric Society.  Dr. Bienstock serves on the Board of Trustees for the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey. He is an active member in the American Academy of Pediatrics, previously serving as the President for the New Jersey state chapter. He is a member of the national Sections of Administration and Practice Management (previously serving on the executive board), Child Abuse, Media, Telephone Care, Dental and Oral Care and the Steering Committee on Clinical Information Technology. Dr. Bienstock is the previous Director of Pediatrics at Bergen Regional Medical Center. Dr. Bienstock is actively involved with Healing the Children, NJ; serving as its Medical Director.  He has participated in multiple medical missions around the world. Dr. Bienstock is the previous Director of Pediatrics at The Valley Hospital. Dr. Bienstock has been named as one of the top pediatricians in the Metropolitan New York area by New York Magazine, the Castle Connelly Service, and most recently, New Jersey Magazine. Dr. Bienstock was recently named New Jersey Pediatrician of the Year.


Melissa Chism, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Melissa Chism, M.D., FAAP, a graduate of Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine, was a resident of Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Subsequently, after completing a year as Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Baystate, she has been a resident in Adult and Pediatric Anesthesia at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Dr. Chism is thrilled to return to primary care and is pleased to return to the state where she spent her childhood years. Dr. Chism lives in Franklin Lakes with her husband Christian, and their son, CJ. Dr. Chism is presently the school physician for the Oakland School district.


Deborah Steinbaum, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Steinbaum joined our practice in 2012 after working in Northern New Jersey and New York City for many years as a pediatrician.  She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale University School of Medicine and is board certified in General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.  She completed her residency and a subsequent fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where she also received a Masters in Public Health through a joint program with New York University.  Following fellowship, she remained at Mount Sinai as an attending physician.  Prior to becoming a physician, she worked for several years in San Francisco in health care administration and research, and she retains an avid interest in public policy.  Dr. Steinbaum grew up in Bergen County and lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey with her husband and their two children.


Kristina Hetling, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Kristina Hetling, M.D., FAAP, joined our practice in the summer of 2005, after completing her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian at Columbia University.  Dr. Hetling attended college at John Hopkins University, followed by medical school at New York University School of Medicine. Upon graduation from NYU, Dr. Hetling was elected to the prestigious national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Hetling has experience in International Adoption, as well as providing health care to rural populations in Puerto Rico. Dr. Hetling lives in West Caldwell with her husband and two children.


Tatiana Lin, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Tatiana Lin, M.D., FAAP, joined our practice early in 2006, after maternity leave and time off following the birth of her third son. Dr. Lin received her M.D. at the Minsk State Medical Institute in Minsk, Belarus and followed her training with two years of Neonatology and thereafter two years of pediatric infectious disease .  After moving to the United States, she completed her residency in pediatrics at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey.  The Lins live in Hillside with their three sons.


Lorraine Liberti, M.D., F.A.A.P. 
Lorraine (Lori) Liberti, M.D., FAAP joined our practice in 2011.  Dr. Liberti attended Cornell University followed by medical school at Columbia University.  After completing her residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, she has been practicing Pediatrics in Bergen County for nearly 20 years.  One of the most well-respected Pediatricians in our area, Dr. Liberti will be working in all three of our offices, including our second evening on Thursdays in our Pompton Plains office.  Dr. Liberti is looking forward to meeting many new patients as well as patients who she has known for years in practice.
Dr. Liberti lives in Glen Rock with her husband Francesco and their three children Isabella, Claudio and Alex.


Leah Alexander, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Leah Alexander, M.D. FAAP has been at Pediatricare Associates since 2005 after working at Elizabeth Pediatric Group for 5 years.  She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, and is board certified in General Pediatrics.  She completed her Pediatric residency at Overlook and Morristown Memorial Hospitals of New Jersey.  In addition to Pediatrics, she has an interest in the culinary arts.  She attended the French Culinary Institute, after which she owned and operated a catering business for six years.  She is currently a freelance writer at UpWork, engaging in editing and medical review projects.   She currently lives in Fairview.


Sania R. Perez, M.S., M.D., F.A.A.P.

Sania R. Perez, M.S., M.D. joined PediatriCare Associates in the Spring of 2013.  She has been working in Northern New Jersey and New York City for many years as a pediatrician.  Sania is a graduate of Brown University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is Board Certified in General Pediatrics. She completed her residency at Boston Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Boston.  Sania became a Clinical Instructor for the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In 2004 she became an Assistant Professor for the Department of Pediatrics of Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  Dr. Perez lives in Ridgewood, N.J, with her husband and two children.


Sapna Shah, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Sapna Shah, M.D. joined our practice in 2014. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. Sapna completed her Pediatric Residency at New York University School of Medicine. She resides in Jersey City with her husband.


  Heather Shafi, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Heather Shafi, M.D., joined our practice in 2015. She is a graduate of Haverford College and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Heather did her residency at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. She also serves as Medical Director of Dragonfly Forest Camp, a camp for children with autism, 22q deletion syndrome, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, von Willebrands disease, and persistent asthma.

She grew up in Watchung, NJ and currently resides in Cedar Grove with her husband and their son and daughter.


Denise Infante, M.D., F.A.A.P

Denise Infante, M.D. F.A.A.P joined our practice in the Fall of 2017. She is a board-certified general pediatrician who graduated from St.John's University followed by Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her internship at St.Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ and her residency program at Long Island College Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Denise dedicated twelve years to the underserved areas of lower east side of Manhattan. She worked at Gouverneur Healthcare Services, an NYC public health facility, as well as an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital. She became a regular medical expert for television programs including Univision, Telemundo, NY1, ABC, and NBC. Denise grew up in Queens, NY and is presently living in Bergen County with her husband, son, and daughter.


Tara Daly Tara Daly, RN BSN IBCLC

Tara Daly, RN BSN IBCLC is proud to be a part of the Pediatricare family, supporting new families as they embark on their parenting journey. Tara began her career in women and children’s health as a labor and delivery nurse at Hackensack University Medical Center for fifteen years. Tara became certified as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2012 and opened her private business, Nourish My Baby LLC, providing in home lactation consultations to families in northern New Jersey. Tara also worked as the IBCLC and taught Lamaze, newborn care and breastfeeding classes at Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley. Tara has been part of the Pediatricare staff since 2016 and is available to our patients for office consultations three days a week at various locations.



Rosary Rosary Kristine Anido, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Rosary Kristine Anido, M.D., FAAP, joined our practice in 2018. She is returning back to New Jersey after years of working as a Pediatrician in White House Clinics in Kentucky. She completed residency in St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas, Philippines where she obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and Medical Degree. She currently lives in Glen Rock with her husband Daniel, Son David and stepson Danny.


Jonathan Jonathan W. Wong, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Jonathan W. Wong, M.D., FAAP, is a board certified pediatrician who joined our practice in the August of 2019. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. After residency he worked for Pediatric Specialties and had been a partner there for the last 16 years. He lives with his wife and two children in Wyckoff, NJ. He is an animal lover who currently shares his home with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs and a pet frog.


Dorienne Dorienne Sasto Planer, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Dorienne Sasto Planer, M.D., FAAP, is a board certified pediatrician who has been practicing pediatrics in Bergen County in private practice for the past 17 years. She joined PediatriCare Associates in the August of 2019 when Pediatric Specialties joined with PediatriCare Associates. She earned her BS from Cornell University in 1992 and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 1996, cum laude. She was awarded membership in Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society and Hobart Amory Hare Honor Medical Society and has been selected by other physicians as one of Bergen County’s Top Docs in 2017 and New York Metro Area’s Top Doctors in 2019. Dr. Planer completed her pediatric internship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her residency at Columbia Presbyterian’s Children’s Hospital of New York. She lives in Bergen County with her husband and two children.


kalliopi Kalliopi Pastellas Fountas, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Kalliopi Pastellas Fountas, M.D. F.A.A. P. joined the practice in 2022 after completing her residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, where she was also a Chief Resident. She graduated with distinction from the Medical School of Athens, Greece, where she obtained her Medical Degree. Prior to residency, she completed medical research at Weill Cornell Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She currently lives in Hackensack with her husband and their two young children.


azin Azin Azizi, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Azin Azizi, M.D., F.A.A.P. is a board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received her medical degree from the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, which is one of the top 3 medical schools in Iran. Dr. Azizi completed her residency training in pediatrics at the New York Methodist Hospital an affiliate of the Weil-Cornell Medical Center. During her residency, Dr. Azizi received the best first year resident award and the outstanding third year resident award. She was also appointed the chief resident of pediatrics. In pursuit of broadening her knowledge, Dr Azizi received her board certification in obesity medicine to serve her patients with more in-depth knowledge of obesity. Dr Azizi's professional experience, strong knowledge base, as well as her practical experiences as a parent, have enabled her to meet various challenges and to be a valued member of the pediatric community. Her hobbies and interests include listening to music, playing piano, hiking, working out and traveling.

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